Erasing the stigma of lung cancer is one of the goals of all advocates who fight for more lung cancer awareness and funding. But sometimes it’s hard to know how to go about it.
The focus of the #LCSM Chat on February 13 at 8 PM ET will be “Brainstorming: How Do We Erase the Stigma of Lung Cancer?” Imagine we have unlimited funds, political influence in all the right places, ready access to every medical professional, and all the trained, eloquent workers we need. What actions would erase the stigma of lung cancer?
Our moderator for this chat, Laronica Conway, will use these topics to get the discussion going:
- T1: How would you erase lung cancer stigma among individuals? Billboards? Front-page articles? Doorbelling? Be specific.
- T2: How would you erase lung cancer stigma among healthcare professionals? What would you need to do this?
- T3: How would you erase lung cancer stigma among government officials and lawmakers? What would you need to do this?
- T4: How would you erase lung cancer stigma among lung cancer patients and their families?
To prepare for this chat, you might wish to read some of the articles about lung cancer stigma on our new “Lung Cancer in the Media” page.
Guidelines on how to participate in an #LCSM Chat can be found on the “#LCSM Chat” page of the #LCSM website. Hope to see you on Twitter!
Tomorrow, February 4th, is World Cancer Day. The focus this year is Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration: reduce stigma and dispel myths about cancer. The World Cancer Day campaign seeks to “Debunk the myths” of cancer:
- We don’t need to talk about cancer
- There are no signs or symptoms of cancer
- There’s nothing I can do about cancer
- I don’t have the right to cancer care
This focus parallels the goal of #LCSM “to educate, develop public support, end the stigma, and facilitate successful treatments for the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide.”
On World Cancer Day, we hope the #LCSM community will take the opportunity to tweet about lung cancer as well as cancer in general. Be sure to use “#LCSM” as well as “#WorldCancerDay” in your tweets so followers of both communities can see them. You can find a list of tweet-sized facts and the supporting documents on our Lung Cancer Facts page. Or, if you prefer, just retweet #LCSM tweets that appear during the day.